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  1. englishhobby's Avatar
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    #1

    besides myself

    Does this sentence sound natural? If not, could you correct it?
    There are two members to my family besides myself.
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    #2

    Re: besides myself

    Besides me.
    or ... in addition to me.

    There is no need for the reflexive.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #3

    Re: besides myself

    I am not a teacher.

    Some people think that 'myself' is a more formal/correct way of saying 'me'. It isn't.

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    #4

    Re: besides myself

    Is it not '[...] two members in my family [...]'?

  5. Barb_D's Avatar
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    #5

    Re: besides myself

    Yes.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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